Nothing is impossible

At times we will be tasked with doing something which doesn’t look possible.

Whenever I feel like this, I take inspiration from people who have achieved remarkable things and have overcome all the odds.

Thomas Edison  Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison was an American inventor, and many people believe he is America’s greatest inventor.

He is best known for inventing the electric light bulb but he was such a prolific inventor that he held over 1,000 patents in the USA in his name.

He also had patents in the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

In addition to his inventions he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.

He spent a lot of time concentrating on his goal of inventing the light bulb and, at one stage, he was asked how he felt about failing 10,000 times.

He famously replied:

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

This has to be one of the greatest examples of persistence that we have ever witnessed.

Roger Bannister

Sir Roger is a former middle-distant runner who ran in the 1952 Olympics but was disappointed to finish 4th in the 1500 metre final. For a while after this he contemplated his future, but eventually he set himself a new goal:

To become the first athlete to run the mile in under 4 minutes.

This was hugely controversial at the time as many doctors suggested it was impossible, and some went as far to suggest that anybody attempting this would possibly die.

He had set out his goal, was undeterred by those who suggested it was not possible and intensified his training.

Eventually the day arrived and on 6th May 1954, Roger Bannister ran the first sub 4-minute mile in a time of 3 minutes 59.4 seconds.

Interestingly, in the year after that record-breaking day, 24 athletes went onto record the mile in under 4 minutes. Nowadays, that goal that was considered impossible has been shattered as the world record for the mile is 3 minutes 43.13 seconds.

Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens was a remarkable athlete who completed in the 1936 Olympics in Germany.

Along with his teammates they sailed on the SS Manhattan.

In addition, Adolf Hitler and other government officials had high hopes that German athletes would dominate the games with victories.

After such a long journey and faced with such adversity, it is remarkable that he won 4 Olympic gold medals in the 100 metres,200 metres, long jump and 4 x 100 metres relay.

Carl Lewis

Carl Lewis was an outstanding athlete.

Not only did he plan winning 4 Olympic gold medals at the 1984 Los Angeles games, but in total he won 9 Olympic gold medals and 1 silver medal.

No other athlete has retained the Olympic long jump title, but Lewis went on to win 4 consecutive Olympic long jump medals from 1984 until 1996, which is a remarkable achievement.

His accomplishments have led to numerous accolades, including being voted

“World Athlete of the Century” by the IAAF

“Sportsman of the Century” by the International Olympic Committee,

“Olympian of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and “Athlete of the Year” by Track & Field News in 1982, 1983, and 1984.

A remarkable athlete who spent time planning his success.

Billy Joel

For many people this may seem a strange addition as Billy Joel is a very successful singer. However, that was not always the case.

He dropped out of high school because he had a dream of becoming a famous musician. However, it did not go to plan and at the age of 22 he was flat broke and he no longer had a home.

His girlfriend left him, which tipped him over the edge, and he decided to take his own life. Before taking that drastic action, he decided to check into a mental institution. It was here that he realised what real problems were.

Since releasing his first hit song, “Piano Man” in 1973, he has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States.

This shows that with the right determination, success can follow.

 

If I feel, at any time, that things are difficult I take inspiration from such individuals.

 

 

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Why goals should be SMART

When setting your goals they should be SMART

S is for specific 

If your goal is financially orientated the goal should not be “I want to earn a lot of money” .That is not specific enough. There should be a specific amount, e.g. $500 per month.

M is for measurable
You must be able to measure your progress towards your goal.
For example,you may be looking to lose weight.
If your goals is “I want to lose a lot of weight.” that is not measurable.

The phrase “a lot of weight” can mean different things to different people.
However,if you state “I want to lose 7 pounds” that is not open to interpretation. You have either lost 7 pounds or you haven’t.

A is for achievable.  
If you just starting your own business,you may want to be a millionaire.
That may be admirable but if you state “I want to be a millionaire within 6 months” you may be lucky,but it is not likely.
Your goal may still apply later,but it would be more realistic to state “I will earn an extra $500 per month in 6 months time.

R is for relevant
The goal must be relevant to your business
For example,if you have decided to start a business providing services to SMEs, it would not be relevant to have a goal to develop a product for consumers.
If you are working for a corporation,the goal must be in line with the objectives of the corporation.

T is for time-bound time
For example, you might say that you want to lose weight by next year .
Again that’s not specific enough.What you need to do is to pick a date and say that you’ll lose a certain amount of weight by a particular date.

So ,in summary , examples of SMART goals could be :

“From my online marketing activities,I will earn an additional $500 per month by July 31st this year.”

“By November 30th this year I will lose 7 pounds in weight.”

The next step is to take these SMART goals and develop plans to achieve the goals.